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The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state’s only academic medical center. University of Mississippi Health Care represents the clinical programs of the Medical Center and includes University Hospitals and Health System and University Physicians, the faculty group practice. UMMC encompasses five health science schools, including medicine, nursing, health related professions, dentistry and graduate studies, as well as the site where University of Mississippi pharmacy students do their clinical training. The Medical Center’s threefold mission is to educate tomorrow’s healthcare professionals, conduct innovative research to improve human health, and to provide the highest quality care available to the state’s citizens. A major goal of the Medical Center is the improvement of the health of Mississippians and the elimination of health disparities.

A part of University of Mississippi Health Care, University Heart holds a unique position in providing comprehensive cardiovascular care in Mississippi.

In fact, University of Mississippi Health Care is a pioneer in cardiac care: In 1964 Dr. James Hardy performed the world’s first heart transplant at UMMC. The legacy of cardiac care at UMMC continued with Dr. Bobby Heath, a heart transplant surgeon instrumental in revitalizing the heart transplant program at the Medical Center.

The work of such trailblazers laid the groundwork for UMMC’s cardiovascular center, which was officially named University Heart in 2008. With modern facilities and top-notch technology, University Heart offers a broad spectrum of treatment options for impaired heart function.

The nationally-recognized cardiologists of University Heart are located at the state’s only academic health sciences center so they are asked not only to provide exceptional patient care, but also to lead in finding new ways to treat heart disease through cutting-edge research and to educate future physicians at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Besides offering cardiac care at its multiple Jackson locations, University Heart also coordinates seven outreach clinics throughout Mississippi.

University Heart’s services include cardiac catheterization, cardiothoracic surgery, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and the state’s only heart transplant program. The acquisition of new technology in the treatment of heart disease offers patients’ an array of options, such as the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), a bridge to heart transplantation, the Hansen robotic-arm catheter system for the treatment of atrial fibrillation, and an excimer laser system for cardiac lead removal in pacemakers.

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